While most people know that wheeze is a sign of asthma, much less know that having trouble sleeping or a persistent cough could also be symptoms of the disease of the airways, according to a new survey.
ThinkStockThese findings could help explain why many adults are unaware they have the disease and do not seek treatment, the researchers said. But 1 in 200 adults in the US. UU. receives a diagnosis of asthma every year, a disease called asthma onset in adulthood, according to researchers.
"Many people have asthma and do not know. Many adults do not have the traditional symptoms of asthma or do not have all the symptoms," said Dr. David Beuther, pulmonologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, a specialist in respiratory diseases hospital.
The hospital was commissioned to conduct the survey nationwide. It had more than 1,000 people with a minimum age of 18 years. They were asked about symptoms of asthma.
Many knew the usual signs of asthma, such as shortness of breath (89 percent) and difficulty breathing (85 percent), according to the survey.
But with regard to less common symptoms, fewer people knew there was a connection between these problems and possible asthma. Only 65 percent knew that a persistent cough could be a sign of asthma. And only about half knew that chest pain and sleep problems may also be symptoms of asthma, the survey revealed.
"It is not unusual that asthma is not present as in the textbook. It's actually more common than many people think. For the patient or perhaps to the primary care provider, things that look like a series of symptoms very unusual asthma are actually quite common. for this reason it is often needed a specialist to diagnose and treat, "Beuther said in a press release from the hospital.